Fun Craft Kits for boys

My son loves hanging out with me while I sew. He’s asked a few times about learning to sew, but I’ve never been sure where to start. Finding appropriate projects for teaching boys to sew is a challenge. This Christmas, I’d love to give him a project we can sew together. Most of the craft kits […]

How to sew a zip pouch {Tutorial}

A blissful afternoon for me is browsing the craft supplies at my local Spotlight (by myself!). I love finding new craft supplies, inspiring me to try a new projects. This week, I had a Spotlight gift voucher to spend and no particular project in mind. Should I try beading or jewellery-making? Maybe it’s time to […]

How to sew a Mr Men Costume

Book Week is a big thing in Australia.  Each year, schools and public libraries spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators, supported by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Lots of schools have a dress-up day and parade for the kids. My school hasn’t for the last few years (such a disappointment […]

Pedal for Pink Cycling Jersey

My darling husband is a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra). You’ll find him on the streets of Perth most mornings on his bike, in figure-hugging attire. It’s a hard thing to take, but is healthier than spending the evenings at the pub. I’ve learned to live with it! One of his cycling mate’s wife was […]

How to sew a Toy Blood Pressure Cuff

Last week I showed you my felt medical kit, but I felt there was something missing from the kit. Just about every time I go to the doctor’s, I have my blood pressure taken. A toy blood pressure cuff was definitely needed. I sized it so that the strap would fit around my arm as […]

Felt Doctor’s Kit

It’s more than a month since my daughter’s birthday and I still haven’t shared with you all the presents I made. Next up was an addition to the dress-ups/pretend play box: A felt doctor’s bag. And here’s what’s inside: There was also a light reflector for the doctor’s head, but I have no idea what […]

How to Sew a Stuffed Snail {Tutorial}

Funny how fast a year goes. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was making a simple skirt and magnetic paper dolls for one of Celeste’s friend’s birthday. Suddenly it’s time to make her another birthday present. This year, the theme of her party was snails (and her Mum did an amazing job with […]

Oh Christmas Tee

After making the Christmas Shirr Dress, I thought I’d better make something for Jacob for Christmas too. My first thought was to make a nice collared shirt for him, but he doesn’t wear shirts too often and none of the fabrics in my stash inspired me. Since green is his favourite colour, I then got […]

Peppa Pig Applique – Kids Clothes Week Day 1

Kids Clothes Week is on again – the fun challenge to sew kids clothes for an hour each day for seven days. This time around, I’ve had a dilemma. My kids don’t really need more clothes. They are both on the skinny side and their waist measurements haven’t changed much since last summer. All their […]

Green Cords and Reflections on Sewing

Back during Kids Clothes Week, the last thing on my list didn’t get finished – a pair of green corduroy pants for Jacob (item #11 for the week – no wonder I had sewing fatigue!). I thought I’d power on the next week and get it done, but it ended up taking me a while […]

Baby Shower Gift: Flat Teddy Tutorial and Pattern

Abby from Things for Boys is due to have baby number 2 soon, and Laura from Craftstorming had the great idea to throw a virtual baby shower. And today’s the big day (hopefully my gift arrived in time!). When I first got the email from Laura, I knew exactly what I was going to make: […]

Kids Clothes Week – Done!

I went into Kids Clothes Week with an ambitious plan of sewing 11 items of clothing for my two kids. I’d cut all the fabric out ahead of time, and just had to get down and sew. I’m happy to say I sewed 10.5 items. I didn’t expect to get so far, especially with school […]

Hoodie for the Boy

When preparing for Kids Clothes Week, I headed to my local fabric chain with a long list in hand. My kids have next to no winter clothes that fit, and a hoodie for Jacob was on the list. I was so uninspired by the boy fleece options – the boyish colours are just so drab. […]

Classy but Casual Boy’s Pants

I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for a while to make formal boy’s pants in a casual fabric – dressy tracksuit pants. Something that would look smart, but be comfy and easy to play in. I like mixing different fabric types to make boy’s clothes more interesting. And so became the Classy […]

Toddler Party Shirt

I like my kids to have a more formal outfit in their wardrobe for special events. We recently celebrated my Father-In-Laws 70th birthday, and Little Man needed a smart shirt for the event: The shirt’s now also been worn for my husband’s 40th birthday party and will probably be his Christmas outfit too. I was […]

Sew Ready to Play

Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty is hosting the Sew Ready to Play series again. There’s been some great game-inspired projects so far, including Memory, Killer Bunnies and Clue. After the fun of making my UNO shorts last year, I’ve made another boy project (I really thought I’d be sewing lots more for my little girl, […]

Colouring on the Go

A couple of days before heading off on our last holiday, I started thinking about activities to keep the kids occupied – on the plane, at restaurants and during other quiet times. When I was getting some toys together, I remembered Little Man’s travel drawing kit – we haven’t taken the kids to restaurants very […]

Boy’s Own Style Month Wrap Up

The month has flown by and now it’s time to wrap up all the fun projects that were made for Boy’s Own Style Month. Let’s start with all the wonderful guest posts (and thank you all so much!): Hot Dog Vest by Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty Hipster Applique by Andrea from The Train To […]

All the Boy’s Clothes

Today I thought it would be fun to put together all the clothes I’ve made for my son in one place. Let’s start with the T-shirts: Row 1: Geometric shirt Row 2: Big Bang Theory Shirts, 90 Minute Shirts (x2), Ghosts Raglan T-shirt, Green Striped Applique Top (with matching pants below) Row 3: Masterchef T-shirts, […]

Bleach Number Shirt Tutorial

Our lucky last guest is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts, one of the most prolific craft bloggers around. She always has great simple projects, and there’s lots of other fun on her blog too, such as What I Wore Wednesday and Take a Look Tuesday. She’s even turned her husband into a blogger at So […]

Magician’s Hat T-Shirt Tutorial

Today our guest crafty blogger is from the UK – Laura from Craftstorming. There’s lots of baking, sewing and chocolate-making (yum!) on her blog. All her food looks so pretty and delicious, but it’s boy clothes month here, so let’s see what she’s made: Hello everyone, I’m Laura. I blog over at Craftstorming where I […]

Modern Monograms Tutorial

Putting together this series made me realise how many bloggers out there are sewing for their sons, and today we have another creative lady: Abby from Things for Boys (but don’t be fooled – there’s more than just boy stuff on her blog…but you’ll have to check it out to see all the great stuff!). […]

Boy’s T-shirt to Hat

Today we have the wonderful Tonya, from The Crafty Mummy – another Aussie crafty blogger. You can find lots of sewing, crochet and general crafty inspiration on her blog, as well as blogging tips. Tonya also sells handmade items in her Made It store. Let’s see what she’s made for her boy: Hi! I’m Tonya […]

Hot Dog Vest Tutorial

Let’s welcome our first guest for this week (and we have quite a line-up this week!): Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty! Louise was one of the first people to show me a finished project using one of my tutorials (such a nice feeling!). There’s lots of craftiness on her blog, but it’s time to see […]